Love Connections made at Cowley
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Several current Cowley employees found the love of their lives while taking classes at the school. Here is the story of four couples that met at Cowley and went on to get married.
Scott and Rhoda MacLaughlin: (Scott is the director of theatre and theatrical services; Rhoda is the director of library services) The couple met in the spring semester of 1993, which was Scott’s first semester at Cowley and Rhoda’s last. Although they did not have any classes together, Rhoda always seemed to be the last one out of her Interpersonal Communications class, and Scott always managed to be the first one in to his Speech class held in the same classroom. The couple shared smiles and hellos, but did not closely know each other. After the semester, Rhoda went on to Southwestern College for her undergrad and then Emporia State University for her MLS. Scott finished up at Cowley in 1994 and then headed off to Kansas State University. The couple were reunited four years later when Scott began working as the Technical Director of Theater at Cowley and Rhoda’s friend, who was taking Scott’s stagecraft class, invited Rhoda to come help with the set of “Grease”. The two began to date in January 1997, and were married June 27, 1998. Rhoda became employed at the college in 1999. The couple has two sons, Britton, 5, and Spencer, 2.
Jason and Shannon O’Toole: Jason serves the dual role of Director of the IMPACT program and the Director of the PEAKS program; Shannon is the director of the bookstore.) Jason, a former baseball player at Cowley, and Shannon, a cheerleader and former Queen Alalah, met in 1993. The two started out as friends and had become relatively close by the end of their sophomore years. They both decided to go to Kansas State University and developed their relationship. The O’Tooles eventually got married on Oct. 11, 1996 and have three children, two boys and a girl. Hunter is 7, Haden is 3, and Hadley will be 1 on Sept. 20.
Ben and Rachel Schears: (Ben serves as the director of admissions) The two met at Cowley in 1999 and are now happily married. They both volunteered to work the doors at the spring play and that is when Rachel caught Ben’s eye. As sophomores they were selected to be student ambassadors. During those years admissions representatives used to take student ambassadors to the Kansas State Fair to help work the information booth. It was there that the couple first “hooked arms” and the rest is history. After Cowley, Ben and Rachel transferred to Emporia State University and on October 12, 2002 the couple were wed. Since then they have moved back to Arkansas City, and have four children. The Schears’ oldest child, Natalie, is 2 ½ years old. They have twin boys, Noah and Nathaniel that are 1 ½, and Sydney that is seven months old.
J.R. and Cari (Skinner) DiMercurio: (J.R. is an assistant baseball coach) The couple met in the Cowley College training room as J.R. was icing his elbow and Cari was icing her foot. J.R. played baseball at Cowley, while Cari played basketball. The couple went on their first date along with former Tiger baseball player John Urick and former Lady Tiger basketball player Maggie Campbell. The couple hit it off and was recently married on Aug. 15. Urick and Campbell also got married after meeting each other at Cowley.